In a big move for the international anime community, it was announced that the Australian anime streaming service AnimeLab will be rebranding as FunimationANZ starting June 17, moving the users and the content over to the Funimation streaming service down-under. Read on for all the details.
J-rock band ALI announced today that the band will suspend its activities until further notice due to the crimes allegedly committed by their now-former drummer Kahadio, as well as announcing that the drummer has withdrawn from the group and his contract with Sony Music has been canceled. More details after the jump.
One would hope that since 1997's End of Evangelion, threats of violence against the staff members working on Evangelion would have ceased. Unfortunately, anime studio Khara released a statement tonight in three different languages condemning the threats of "crimes" made against the staff of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. Read on for more.
The world has lost one of its legends. JASRAC announced today that Shunsuke Kikuchi, most well known as the composer for Dragon Ball Z and Doraemon, had passed away on April 24 at the age of 89. More details on the life of the legend after the jump.
TBS News reported today that the drummer from the band ALI had been re-arrested on separate charges than the ones filed against him earlier this month. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police alleges that Kahadio and his friends had committed a phone scam against an Osaka woman in her 70s. Learn more after the jump.
Japanese anime director Shinji Takamatsu, known for his work on Gundam and Gintama, went to Twitter earlier in the day to talk about how anime production has changed over the last few years thanks to the influence of COVID, Netflix, and China, and how some series are being produced before broadcast. Learn more after the jump!
Bloomberg's Japanese business newsroom reported today that multiple, currently unknown, buyers are interested in purchasing Square Enix, who are known for the video game series Final Fantasy. More details after the jump!
The representative director of animation company Jichitai Anime, Naoya Ishikawa, released a full breakdown of the production costs on Twitter for the latest OVA the company released. The "Shichigahama de Mitsuketa" OVA was produced to look at the town 10 years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. See the breakdown after the jump.
In a very last-minute change, the previously announced opening theme song for The World Ends with You the Animation TV anime has been changed due to the arrest of drummer Kahadio from the band ALI. More details are after the jump!
Animators in Japan who haven't yet switched to a digital production workflow might have to speed up their transition, as the tools that have traditionally aided anime creators are soon going away forever. Mitsubishi Pencil announced that the company will be cutting all but one color of the 7700 line of pencils, the line usually used for hand-drawn animation. More details after the jump.
The Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare in Japan announced today that freelancers in the "entertainment industry" and those who work in "animation production" will be able to receive workers' accident compensation insurance, a scheme usually only reserved for those who are employed by a company. More details after the jump!